Carnaval de Barranquilla (Carnival of Barranquilla)


"Carnaval de Barranquilla" (Carnival of Barranquilla) in Colombia is the second largest carnival in the world.


Slogan: quien lo vive, es quien lo goza “those who live it, are those who enjoy it.”


Carnival in Barranquilla celebrates the different beliefs, religions, and ethnic diversity across the country. It was at first considered a holiday for slaves, and it grew over the years to become a major celebration of freedom.

  • 1888, The first notable date in the Carnival’s history as King Momo emerged as a main character of Barranquilla’s Carnival. Momo became known as the “protector” of all those who indulged in vice and excess.

  • 1903, the first Battle of Flowers parade was held.

  • 1918, the first Carnival Queen was elected.

  • 2002, Carnival in Barranquilla was declared a Colombian National Culture Heritage.

  • 2003, Carnival of Barranquilla was proclaimed by UNESCO as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

In 2019, Barranquilla’s carnival will be held on March 2 to March 5, 2019.


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